Why Are The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria Essay

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Racism and prejudice. These two topics are different and alike in many ways, but not many people tend to talk about them because of their well known controversial nature. But "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race” by Beverly Daniel Tatum, the entire subject of the book is just that, racism and prejudice. Tatum starts the book off with a life example, something from her personal life to draw the reader in. It is from her early days in her career when a student had asked her about the course she would be teaching next semester. The reaction from her student when she replied is what makes this memory a simple memory with a lot of meaning. The student did not think racism existed anymore, which stated by Tatum, is not true at all. She goes on to tell readers of a child's perception of race with other life examples that she learned from her own students. She states that children learn prejudices and stereotypes early on in life from cartoons, story books and their own parents. They are easily susceptible these things even if th...

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